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Bad Movie

by Bobby Messano

Bobby Messano's follow up to the Billboard Blues Chart #1 CD..."Love & Money"
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bad Movie
4:33 album only
2. Come to Your Senses
4:05 album only
3. Why Water a Dead Rose
5:15 album only
4. Road to Oblivion
3:02 album only
5. Unconventional Wisdom
4:32 album only
6. Too Good to Be True
3:40 album only
7. If the Phone Ain't Ringin' It's Me Not Callin'
2:20 album only
8. Never Too Late to Break a Bad Habit
4:05 album only
9. Water Under the Bridge
3:55 album only
10. You Left Me No Choice
3:57 album only
11. The Girl That Got Away
3:39 album only
12. I Thought We Had This
4:57 album only
13. We Need a Blessing
3:28 album only
14. Is It Too Much to Hope for a Miracle
4:25 album only
15. American Spring
3:52 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Legendary guitarist and contemporary blues artist Bobby Messano has been around the block a time or two having been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy. He also released seven of his own albums and between 2012 and 2016, Bobby played over 400 shows in 32 states to over a ½ million people.
For his newest album “Bad Movie” set for a release on April 14, 2017, he combines his wealth of experience as a well-traveled musician to deliver some straight talk on the state of the world. The collection of fifteen incredible songs written with major co-writers Jon Tiven, Larry Weiss and Steve Kalinich runs the gamut from down and dirty blues to soaring Americana, straight ahead roots rock, a touch of country with slices of reggae, funk and soul; all styles Bobby has mastered in his diverse career that earned him a place in the NJ Blues Hall of Fame.
The trill of one of his custom guitars at the opening of the title track ‘Bad Movie’ simmers for a moment before igniting into the fiery tirade of a man who’s been done wrong, delivered via raucous Texas blues. The groove then shifts into the slinky soul blues of ‘Come To Your Senses,’ written by Queen founder Brian May and Jon Tiven, an unearthed gem that allows Bobby to plead his case for a lover’s return over a groove reminiscent of ‘The Thrill Is Gone.’ He then uses his Strat and vocal skills to dig deeper on the brooding ballad ‘Why Water A Dead Rose,’ laying his heart on the table. Trading out for an acoustic dobro Bobby takes us on a trip thru’ some Hill Country Blues he calls the ‘Road to Oblivion,’ traveling light and taking his sweet time. Bobby takes clever liberties with current political catch phrases and adds some heavy-duty horns and full-tilt blues rock guitar for the bombastic call-out of folks on both sides of the aisle ‘Unconventional Wisdom.’ The veteran bluesman then imparts a bit of wisdom on the funky Memphis soul-styled ‘Too Good To Be True,’ and updates the familiar Bo Diddley beat chant adding spaced out sonics to the mix of “If The Phone Ain’t Ringing, It’s Me Not Callin’.” Then lays out his plan for self- preservation on the rockin’ ‘Never Too Late To Break A Bad Habit.’ The subtle swing and sardonic double-entendre lyrics of ‘I Thought We Had This’ has the feel of a Randy Newman tune.
The album highlight sure to hit the airwaves is when the genuine country girl from Muscle Shoals, Alecia Elliott, joins Bobby for the acoustic-driven duet ‘Water Under The Bridge,’ questioning what are we all willing to do to save the world. The smooth island sounds buffer the heartache and deep blues of ‘You Left Me No Choice,’ while ‘The Girl That Got Away’ is dripping with bourbon-soaked despair and tasty guitar leads. Bobby boldly jumps into the immigration debate and declares we are all Americans and created equal on ‘We Need A Blessing’ and continues his call to action on ‘Is It Too Much To Hope For A Miracle.’ Bobby finishes out the set with the optimistic rock ‘n’ roll anthem ‘American Spring,’ pledging that “this boy is going to stick around and sing.”
“Bad Movie” will surely open new conversations between the artist and those who’ll listen, giving him more opportunity to share what he believes.

Rick J Bowen

Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Artist who has released seven solo albums,
placed songs in many TV network and cable shows and played on over 50 major label and Indie albums. His
playing has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones’ smash hit ‘Into The Night.’ The
celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner
and STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “The Shadows of Night.”
Live he has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and Country artists
Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy. Bobby has played BAMFEST, The Charleston Blues Festival,
Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest, Charlotte Speed Street, Blues Brews & BBQ, Blues At The Beach, Bayfront
Blues Festival, Deltaville Seafood Festival, Willow River Blues Fest, Ambassador Blues Fest, Colonial Beach
Blues Festival, and Southern Maryland Blues Festival. Between 2012 and 2016, Bobby played over 400 shows
in 32 states to over a ½ million people.
The guitarist’s last five albums (“Holdin’ Ground,” “Bobby Messano Live In Madison,” “That’s Why I Don’t
Sing The Blues,” “Welcome To Deltaville” and “Love & Money”) have garnered airplay on over 275 blues radio
shows and his music is heard daily on SiriusXM’s “Bluesville.” “That’s Why I Don’t Sing The Blues” was on the
American Blues Scene’s Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and was named 2012 Top Blues Rock Album (USA) by
Blues Underground Network. On December 22, 2012, Bobby was inducted into the NJ Blues Hall of Fame.
“Love & Money,” released in April 2015, was nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award for “Best Rock Blues
Album.” It debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at #7, peaked at #1 and spent a total of nine weeks in the
Top 10. It was also #7 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and Top 40 on both the Billboard Rock and Indie
The Newest CD “BAD MOVIE” debuted on April 8.2017 on the XM/Sirius BB King’s Bluesville show “Eack Of
Blues” at #1.



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Life is full of challenges for us all. Dramatic life events: the loss of a job; a home; a significant other, etc., all have the ability to throw us for a loop. How we respond to life’s challenges is a measure of our resiliency and our ability to go on. In Bobby Messano’s case, he channeled all of the emotions he was feeling into an intense writing session with one of Nashville’s most gifted lyricists, Jon Tiven. Steve Weiss lent his writing talents to two of the songs, Steve Kalinich another and Brian May of Queen offered Bobby a tune he had co-written with Jon. All in all there are 15 tracks on his new disc. Bad Movie features Bobby’s most heartfelt songs to date. If there’s such a thing as a classic Bobby Messano record, Bad Movie is it! Let’s give it a spin!

Bobby opens with the title track, “Bad Movie” and we’re off and running. An upbeat rocker, “Bad Movie” finds Bobby looking for answers to the pain he’s feeling. “Is this a bad movie…I’ve seen it before…things didn’t turn out so groovy!” Bobby’s feeling heat for a situation he didn’t cause and he’s at a loss as to how to respond, “If this was a short, it wouldn’t be so bad…but it’s an epic of major proportions…it’s a bad movie!” We move on to “Come to Your Senses”, and here Bobby’s hoping the woman he loves will appreciate the love he has for her. “Let me hear you, baby…say you love me…one more time…cause when the chips are down…you’ve got to come to your senses…you gotta be mine!” There’s no guarantee she’s going to see things Bobby’s way, but he’s very clear about the love he feels for her. Bobby’s fretwork is amazing and it’s some of the most passionate guitar playing I’ve ever heard from him. At some point, enough is enough and you know a love has died. Bobby reaches that point and shares it with us in our next track, “Why Water a Dead Rose”. “Call me optimistic, I suppose…I had to see it…right in front of my nose…that endless place where nothing grows…why water a dead rose?” Being the invested person in a one-sided relationship is never easy and Bobby’s facing that stark truth here by baring his heart to the world.

“Road to Oblivion” has a Hill Country feel to it and Bobby’s traded his Delaney axe in for a Dobro as he picks this tune. “I’m going down the road to Oblivion…have you been this way before…I’m going down the road to Oblivion…it has fields I can’t ignore…game over and no I can’t make that one last score!” Bobby’s right in one regard, we don’t know how he’s feeling until we live it. Hopefully this mood will pass and Bobby will head back on the road to the living! Sonic tones are in full force as we move on to “Unconventional Wisdom” and Bobby’s fed up with the world as he knows it. “Manipulation…stimulation…all I want is an explanation…give me unconventional wisdom…if you’re not too busy keeping score!” Definitely a political statement about the country as Jon and Bobby see it, hopefully things will turn around and it will all start to make sense. There’s a funky beat to our next track, “Too Good to be True”, and here Bobby realizes he might have known the truth a little bit sooner, if he’d bothered to look beneath the surface. “If something’s too good to be true…time to wake up to reality…but I really liked the way you lied to me!” Bobby bought the stories and lies of the woman he loved and he might have woken up to reality a lot sooner if he’d honestly bothered to look a little deeper!

I like the hard driving tempo of our next track, “If the Phone Ain’t Ringin, It’s Me Not Callin’”. There are times in life where you just have to cut your ties with the one you loved and move on. “Not that I don’t care about what you’re doing…being around you would be my ruin…I could care less who you’re boning…if your phone ain’t ringin…it’s me not calling!” Bobby’s fretwork is front & center as the band hits the intro to the next cut, “Never Too Late to Break a Bad Habit”. “I should have known better…she couldn’t hide her user side…the way she took them for a ride…I just never thought she’d do that to me….dagnabbit…it’s never too late…to break a bad habit!” It sounds like Bobby found himself being taken for a ride and fortunately he was able to end things quickly before they got out of hand…it’s never too late…to break a bad habit! Our tempo slows down a bit and Alecia Elliott joins Bobby for the first of two duets on “Water Under the Bridge”. Alecia has a beautiful voice and this tune is both hopeful and sad, all at the same time. Bobby breaks out the acoustic guitar for this tune as they sing, “you suddenly have to face…the finish line for the human race…are you willing to believe…that God has something up his sleeve…but that’s water under the bridge…that’s all that time will allow…that’s water under the bridge….and the bridge is under the water now!” Things are definitely tough now but hopefully the water will recede and the bridge to a better world will reappear.

“You Left Me No Choice” is another tune with a funky beat and Alecia’s back at the mic with Bobby for this tune as well. Bobby’s still dealing with the aftermath of his failed relationship and the difficulties he’s facing in ensuring it ends completely. “Didn’t want to set…the Sherriff on you…you didn’t leave me options…what else could I do…if living with me was your personal hell…tell, me…how’s the room service in your 6 x 6 cell…I’m sorry left me no choice!” Despite all the pain his ex-lover cost him, Bobby still laments her departure and he shares his lingering feelings for her with us in “The Girl that Got Away”. “Now the closet’s half empty…so I got myself more room…but damn, it’s full of my favorite perfume…no way to chase it out…the lingering bouquet…of the girl that got away!” Bobby’s passionate fretwork echoes the love that he once had and now all he has left is the memories of another time and place, a much happier day. “I Thought We Had This” finds Bobby continuing to reflect on his relationship and his confidence that they could work through their difficulties and keep their love intact. “I thought we had this…but I was wrong!” That pretty much sums it all up in a nutshell.

“We Need a Blessing” finds Bobby reflecting on the current state of affairs in our country and the need for unity across all races, creeds and colors. “We are Americans…and we love living here…we have lost our way…and need a blessing to appear…we are Americans…we need a blessing to appear…to open up a way we know is clear!” It’s no secret that our country is currently on a path of troubled times and Bobby is definitely right…we need a blessing to appear! He continues this thought process as he segues into “Is It Too Much to Hope For a Miracle”. “Is it too much to hope for a miracle…to pull us through…is it too much to hope for a miracle…don’t know what else to do!” Bobby’s a spiritual person by nature and the turmoil he knows the country is going through weighs heavily on his mind. It’s a point of reflection that we’re all going through at this point in our nation’s history. We need to stand strong for our rights and ensure the future for our children, their children and all of those who come after us. It’s definitely not too much of a stretch to hope for a miracle to show us the way. Bobby closes with “American Spring” and a note of optimism for the future. “This old boy’s going to stick around and sing…of the American spring!” Whatever the future brings, Bobby’s going to stand tall with the rest of us as we face the future together!

It’s an interesting juxtaposition to me, the way Bad Movie combines the personal tragedy of a love gone wrong, and the world facing the challenges it does today. Bobby’s emotions in dealing with the various challenges of a relationship ending are poignant and deeply personal. His concern for our country, and the turmoil many are experiencing, is equally as personal, but in a different way. Knowing Bobby the way I do, I’m sure he’s hoping to wake up in the morning with a new take on life and the optimism to tackle the personal and national challenges head on. And in a way, I would wish that for everyone. Bobby’s just beginning to ramp up his touring schedule and his performance dates, as well as the opportunity to grab a copy of Bad Movie, can be found on his website at This is by far Bobby’s most personal record to date and I appreciate the self-reflection he went through to write such intensely elegant tunes. I said it at the beginning and I’ll repeat it here, Bad Movie is a classic Bobby Messano record, right out of the gate!